Mitsubishi has recalled its TRITON (L200) pickup and PAJERO (Shogun) SPORT 4WD models with genuine Mitsubishi towbars, built for the 2016 model year.
The carmaker has identified a weakness with the fitted flange head bolts, which may work lose over time.
Should this occur, the towbar might become detached from the vehicle, creating a hazard for the vehicle’s occupants and other road-users.
Both the MQ Triton and QE Pajero Sport are affected.
Mitsubishi Australia says that while some customers have reported instances of lose towbar fittings, there are no reports to date of towbars becoming detached from vehicles.
The carmaker has developed a new set of fixings for the genuine towbar package, and these are available now at Mitsubishi dealers.
Hopefully the teething troubles of the new models will be all sorted before they reach the European shores.
The company’s UK managing director Lance Bradley reportedly stated that it was “not impossible” that the Shogun Sport could be homologated and converted for European release at a later date.
He went on to say that the previous model axed from showrooms back in 2006 and never replaced sold well in the UK, hinting that a return could be on the cards.
The front end design on the Pajero Sport is similar to the recently unveiled Outlander SUV facelift, it’s Mitsubishi’s new family face that will be used across its future model range.